In order to protect the health and safety of employees, staff, and students, all those who access Pasco County School locations must self-screen for symptoms and other risk factors of COVID-19 daily. If you answer YES to any of the questions, you should NOT be on a school campus or school district office. All three self-screeners – the Student Self-Screener, the Employee Self-Screener, and the Visitor Self-Screener – are accessible from the district’s COVID-19 protocols page and are posted on each school web page.

Hello Jaguar Families!

Included is information and reminders for Monday 4/19- Saturday 5/1.

4th Quarter Progress Reports will be posted in myStudent on Friday, 4/23/21.  Please log in and view your child’s grades.  Please email your child’s teachers if you have any questions. Teacher emails can be found in myStudent or at the Contacts link at the top of our website. Staff email contact list:  http://www.pasco.k12.fl.us/library/school_staff/ssms.html

Dress Code: Parents and Students, with the weather is getting warmer, we have reminded students of our dress code that is outlined in the student code of conduct, starting on pg 15. We appreciate you reviewing these requirements with your student. Hats and hoods should not be worn on campus and shorts, tears in pants & skirt length should not be shorter than 4”above the knee. Thank you, http://www.pasco.k12.fl.us/library/student_services/conduct/csc_eng.pdf
Mental Health Modules in MyLearning: All 7th and 8th grade students have been invited to complete the mental health modules in myLearning. These modules provide isight to our students our topics around mental and emotional health. Teams are organizing times within the school day from now until the end of the school for students to complete these and engage in these topics. Students can also complete these at home. Thank you.

Yearbooks– If you have not purchased your yearbook yet, please do! Details on our school website and order right through RYCOR. The price is $50.

Teacher & Staff Appreciation is May 3rd- May 7th. Our PTO and Admin are working together to celebrate our staff and how hard they work to support our students! We appreciate anything our parents or community can donate to make this week special! A huge thank you already to those who have donated! Please click below to see how you can help, any donation is appreciated!! Thank you! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4daba629a0f85-ssms3

SSMS PTO Fundraiser: The SSMS PTO is conducting a spring fundraiser through Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, starting NOW, and ending next Friday, April 23rd!

1.Every 1 dozen box of glazed doughnuts will cost $10! You may use the sales form pictured below to keep track of your orders.
2. Once you have finished your sales, complete this order info
https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSfd9B…/viewform, providing the TOTAL number of boxes in your order, and then follow instructions for sending complete payment for all orders. ALL ORDERS AND PAYMENTS MUST BE IN BY FRIDAY, APRIL 23rd. A confirmation email will be sent to the parents of the student before the day of pickup.

Pick up your boxes of doughnuts on Tuesday, April 27th from 7:30am – 8:30am in the morning student drop-off line. Then deliver the boxes to the people on your list any time that day! If you need to make special pickup arrangements, just let us know! (ssmsptso@gmail.com). ANY BOXES NOT PICKED UP WILL BE DONATED
Dough-NOT miss a chance to raise $ for the school!!We hope you can be a part of this sweet fundraising event!!

NJHS Virtual Induction Ceremony: Our first virtual NJHS Ceremony will take place on Thursday, 4/22 at 6:30pm. The link will be posted on our School Website main page and on Facebook (we will make a post with the link). This will include our students who were accepted into NJHS May 2020. A letter was sent via mail regarding the ceremony if your child is being inducted on 4/22.

For those students who applied this year and were accepted into NJHS, we will be sending letters out regarding the virtual induction ceremony that will take place on May 6, 2021 at 6:30pm. If you have questions, please contact our NJHS Advisors, Mrs. Burton mburton@pasco.k12.fl.us and Mrs. Paus apaus@pasco.k12.fl.us

Details about Testing:
Thank you parents for all the support you provide your child all year round with their academics! We appreciate you encouraging them to do their best for testing and getting them to school on time. We know testing can be stressful, but we work hard to create a calm testing environment by encouraging students to relax and do their best. These state and district level assessments assist us in gathering important data that helps our school determine student growth and understanding of the learning standards that are being taught. It also helps us to make instructional decisions to best support our students.

State Testing: We are completing make ups for FSA Writing. In May we will have the following state testing: FSA ELA & Math/Civis, Alg 1 Hon, & Geo Hon EOC / 8th Science FCAT. We will post student rosters by Tuesday 4/27 through MyLearning so all students know when and where they are taking which test. Teachers will also share this information with the students face to face and it will be posted in the cafeteria.

District Testing: In addition to FSA, District level assessments occur during the month of April and May for ALL students. These include the NWEA for Language Arts, Math & Science, the Algebra Readiness assessment, and Civics Inquiry assessment. All subjects that do not have a state test will have a district final in May.  Please stay tuned to our SSMS website and social media for the May State and District testing schedule which will be posted this week. https://ssms.pasco.k12.fl.us/testing-basics/

Birthday Gram Fundraiser: We are excited to announce the launch of a school wide fundraiser that will run April 1st through May 26th. If a Jaguar student has a birthday between now and the end of the year, send them a Birthday Gram to make their day extra special. For $5 students will get a personalized birthday gram, a happy birthday song and a piece of candy delivered to them during lunch by our staff. For $7 we can email you a video of the birthday gram experience. If you would like to purchase a birthday gram for a student at SSMS please check out our website for purchase and detail submission. https://ssms.pasco.k12.fl.us/ Any questions, reach out to Kelly McCormick at: kmccormi@pasco.k12.fl.us

8th grade activities and information – We are excited to announce that we have planned some great events and celebrations for our 8th graders. All 8th graders received this information in class and it is posted in myLearning under the ELA course. It is all linked on our Website too (click link below).
8th grade slide show: Pictures due to Ms. Justice by 5/7, ajustus@pasco.k12.fl.us
8th grade Field day: $25 – Pay through RYCOR anytime or payment days are 4/20 and 4/27 8:10-8:30am on team, ELA teachers.
All letters and information is found on our website: https://ssms.pasco.k12.fl.us/8th-grade-information/

Calling All 8th Grade Parents! Ready to celebrate your student on their promotion to HS and their time as a Jaguar! Show your Jag pride and support the school by purchasing a yard sign! Please complete the form, submit payment by choosing one of the options listed and we will deliver your sign in May! Please share this post so we can spread the word to all our 8th grade families!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ePjDEXmt_qRb3OSNcv38EkXz6AbP2gUEsFyWYrw3lsI/viewform?edit_requested=true&fbclid=IwAR1nN-_St-rz8Xur76sCROmmajwTirCtVdTIrlDJydY_3r2FhpP0SXmwuy8

After School activities this week – Saturday 5/1:
~Track and Field practice is Monday & Wednesday directly after school until 5pm.
Track and Field Meets: Tuesday 4/20 @Hudson HS & Thursday 4/22 @River Ridge HS & Tuesday 4/27 @HOME, SSMS!! athletes should be there 430pm.
Here is the schedule for parents and athletes (found on our website too):
https://ssms.pasco.k12.fl.us/wp-content/uploads/ssms/2021/04/2021-TF-Schedule.pdf
Extended School Day Monday -Thursday directly after school until 5pm. 4/24/21 & 5/1/21  9-12pm– Saturday Extended School Day. Wednesday 4/21 & 4/28– After School Success with Ms. Hoefling and Ms. Angelo until 5:30pmSaturday Success 5/1 8am-10am with Ms. Hoefling and Ms. Angelo
~Virtual NJHS Induction Ceremony – 4/22 6:30 pm.
~Progress Reports Posted to myStudent 4/23
~ SAC Meeting Friday 4/23 745am via ZOOM https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82299812332?pwd=NUVVOW5SUTNpZ2w1UkJicmhLY3MzZz09
~5/3 State Testing begins!

COVID Reminders:  In order to protect the health of our employees, staff and students, students & visitors must self-screen for symptoms and other risk factors of COVID-19 daily. If your child answers yes to any of these questions they should not be on campus.  Student Self Screener Please remember, if you take your child for a COVID test, please communicate with our clinic (Mrs. Copeland or Mrs. Cefalu) and students are NOT to be on campus as they await their COVID test results. If they are well enough to continue with their learning, they can access ZOOM or continue working through myLearning and email their teacher with questions. A face covering is required on all school buses, in all District buildings, in all school buildings and during all school-sponsored events and activities. This requirement is applicable to all students and to all employees, parents, and visitors entering the buildings and/or attending a school event. The face covering must cover your nose and mouth completely. The SSMS staff continue to remind our students of the proper way to wear masks in class and as they move through our campus, if students do not adhere to these district policies progressive discipline will be implemented. We appreciate your support with reminding your students of these policies.

We put a lot of communication on our social media sites, please be sure to like our Facebook pagefollow us on Twitter and check our website weekly!

Thank you for your continued partnership. Have a great day!

Mrs. Figliomeni